Xavier 81, Charlotte 67

Jordan Crawford scored 23 points and hot-shooting Xavier pulled

away in second half to beat slumping Charlotte 81-67 on Saturday

for its third straight victory.

Jamel McLean added 14 points and 11 rebounds and Terrell

Holloway scored 13 points for the surging Musketeers (19-7, 10-2),

who won for the seventh time in eight games to stay near the top of

the crowded Atlantic 10 standings.

In front of a rare sellout crowd, Charlotte (18-8, 8-4) couldn’t

keep pace with Xavier’s speed and snappy ball movement in its third

straight loss.

Xavier overcame 18 turnovers with 52 percent shooting, using a

15-6 run midway through the second half to take a 61-46 lead on

Dante Jackson’s 3-pointer.

Derrio Green scored 23 points for the 49ers, but was 3 of 12

from 3-point range. Shamari Spears added 13 on 5 of 14 shooting in

a damaging loss for Charlotte’s NCAA tournament hopes.